- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co (October 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0495146358
- ISBN-13: 978-0495146353
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Music in the Twentieth Century
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Kyle Gann's book provides the necessary tools for an individual who wishess to answer the question, "What is American Music?"
I used to read Gann's column in the Village Voice back in the late Eighties, but the scene he described sounded too dry and formalistic to pursue. Now I am finally catching up with contemporary "classical" music and can better appreciate Gann's contribution. His last section is on post-minimalist developments he groups together and calls "totalism." Sad to say, this music seems to have a "minimal" audience outside of small districts in NYC and perhaps the Bay Area, despite its attempt at populism, incorporating rock and intersecting with jazz as well in the so-called Downtown scene (John Zorn, the Knitting Factory, Tzadik Records).
Of course avant-garde music will probably always be marginal, and here's to Gann and all those who keep it alive!